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PlayStation console celebrates twentieth birthday
Sony came twenty years ago with the first PlayStation game consoles. Sony belongs with Nintendo and Microsoft to the leading manufacturers of gaming consoles and spent twenty years in four different editions of the consoles.
The first PlayStation came on December 3, 1994 on the Japanese market, Wednesday exactly twenty years ago. PS1 was equipped with a MIPS processor and thanks to the fact that the console cheap CD-ROMs used as storage medium could games are cheaper than the cartridges from Nintendo. The DualShock controller fell at many gamers taste.
Until 2006, when production of the console was finally discontinued, Sony sold 104 million units of the first PlayStation. The success is probably also due to the modchips were available that allowed users to play copied games. With those sales numbers was the most successful console of its generation: Nintendo has not even sold one-third of that number of its Nintendo 64.
The successor of the first PlayStation, PS2, in March 2000, for the first time on the market. The console was not only more powerful hardware on board, but could also play DVDs. Also, the console was backwards compatible with PS1 and the PS2 was the first console to play online games made possible by the arrival of an Ethernet connection. Eventually the PS2 became the best-selling console ever with over 158 million sold. Sony stopped production of the PS2 in 2012.
At E3 2005 Sony PlayStation 3 showed for the first time, followed by the start of the sale a year later. The console had an integrated hard disk and the PS3 was able to play games and movies from Blu-ray. Sony additionally used the striking Cell processor, a 64bit PowerPC chip with multiple cores. Initially had trouble developers to optimize games for Cell CPUs, but the games were better over the years. Also, the PS3 did relatively well: so far sold over 82 million units and the console is still available.
The PlayStation 4 is the latest Sony console. The console came a little over a year ago. Like Microsoft with the Xbox One chose Sony for x86 hardware. This processor architecture makes it easier for developers to develop games. Like the PS3 games are placed on blu-ray media, but increasingly games can also be purchased online. Sony developed for this purpose since 2006, the PlayStation Network, a service that makes online multiplay also possible.
Besides the four PlayStation consoles Sony is also responsible for two handhelds. The first is the PlayStation Portable, a handheld game console from 2004 to obscure games on UMD discs were delivered. The successor to the PSP, the PlayStation Vita , arrived in late 2011 in Japan on the market. The handheld has a touch screen, two cameras, and features bluetooth.
Sony said earlier that it expects that the PS4 would have a minimum service life of 10 years, while the PS3 platform will be operated for the time being. In addition, the manufacturer sees opportunities in the market for streaming gaming service. Before the company developed PlayStation Now. Also, virtual reality is a gamechanger according to Sony. With Project Morpheus glasses Sony hopes to have a wearable held that it can take on hardware and the Oculus Rift.
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